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Fireball over the Swiss Alps

Fireball over the Swiss Alps

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Ivo Scheggia] A few days ago, a bright fireball was photographed from the Alps mountain range in Switzerland as it blazed across the sky. The fireball, likely from the Taurids meteor shower, was notable not only for how bright it was, but for the rare orange light it created […]

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Central disk of our spiral galaxy from Monument Valley

Central disk of our spiral galaxy from Monument Valley

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN)] You don’t have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arch across the sky but it helps. Only at Monument Valley USA would you see a picturesque foreground that includes these iconic rock peaks called buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock […]

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Spectacular M83

Spectacular M83

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope] Big, bright, and beautiful, spiral galaxy M83 lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra. Prominent spiral arms traced by dark dust lanes and blue star clusters lend this galaxy its popular name, The […]

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Eagle Nebula made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope

Eagle Nebula made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Jimmy Walker] A star cluster around 2 million years young surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas, M16 is also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed image of the region includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described […]

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Lots of energy in that big, black sky: M31, Mirach and M33

Lots of energy in that big, black sky: M31, Mirach and M33

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Malcolm Park (North York Astronomical Association)] Separated by about 14 degrees (28 Full Moons) in planet Earth’s sky, spiral galaxies M31 at left, and M33 are both large members of the Local Group, along with our own Milky Way galaxy. This narrow- and wide-angle, multi-camera composite finds details of […]

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Our nearest neighbor, the magnificent Adromeda galaxy

Our nearest neighbor, the magnificent Adromeda galaxy

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, M31 / Robert Gendler] What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of […]

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Phenomenal view through a gravitational lens of a galaxy cluster

Phenomenal view through a gravitational lens of a galaxy cluster

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, NASA, ESA, H. Lee & H. Ford (Johns Hopkins U.)] Many of the brightest blue images are of a single, unusual, beaded, blue, ring-like galaxy which just happens to line-up behind a giant cluster of galaxies. Cluster galaxies here typically appear yellow and — together with the cluster’s dark […]

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The amazing Sombrero Galaxy’s glowing central core

The amazing Sombrero Galaxy’s glowing central core

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIS RESOLUTION, Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI /NASA)] Why does the Sombrero Galaxy look like a hat? Reasons include the Sombrero’s unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow […]

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Although its economy has hit the wall, Greece still has magnificent views (from the Temple of Poseidon)

Although its economy has hit the wall, Greece still has magnificent views (from the Temple of Poseidon)

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Alexandros Maragos Although it may look like a lighthouse, the rays of light near the horizon actually emanate from the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece. … Although meant to be a monument to the sea, in this image, the temple’s lights seem to be pointing out locations […]

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Neighboring galaxy is same size as our own

Neighboring galaxy is same size as our own

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Petri Kehusmaa, Harlingten Atacama Observatory] Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this cosmic galaxy portrait. In fact, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Its own dusty disk, young blue star clusters, and pink star forming regions standout […]